Chris Hughes' mug shot taken by the Mobile County sheriff's office on May 24. The MSU senior linebacker is in jail awaiting trial for his third domestic violence charge in the last two years.
June 27, 2013 4:47:04 PM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University senior linebacker Chris Hughes was arrested last month on his third domestic violence charge in a two-year span.
Hughes was arrested in his hometown of Mobile, Ala., on May 24 for third degree assault and third degree domestic violence. The arresting report provided by the Mobile County Sheriffs Office shows Hughes is still currently in Mobile County jail awaiting his court date on July 10. This charge represents the fifth time Hughes has been arrested for a misdemeanor violent crime since his first arrest on March 31, 2010.
MSU officials announced Friday Hughes was suspended indefinitely from the MSU team but the school release did not specify the extent of why the Bulldogs program was punishment for the senior linebacker. Nor did the release provide comment from Hughes or MSU coach Dan Mullen regarding the issue.
Mobile Police Corporal Christopher Levy told the Mobile Press Register the charge stems from an incident in which Hughes, 21, is alleged to have struck his girlfriend multiple times in the face.
MSU coach Dan Mullen had no comment to The Dispatch on any issue involving Hughes Thursday. MSU officials later Thursday evening confirmed to The Dispatch, via official word from Mullen, that Hughes is no longer a member of the football team.
Hughes, who is from Mobile, served the five days in jail in September of 2011, which included MSU's season opener at the University of Memphis, for his second arrest regarding a domestic violence charge. He was released Sept. 6, 2011. Hughes was one of five MSU players suspended for the 59-14 victory at Memphis for what MSU officials called "a violation of team policy." In that September 2011 incident, Hughes was arrested at a Mobile, Ala., residence after allegedly hitting a 17-year-old family member in the eye on May 23, 2010 and according to the district attorney, struck a 36-year-old family member repeatedly May 24, 2010 during an argument about a car.
On May 28, 2011, just a little over three months from the second arrest, Hughes was charged and released on bail on his first domestic violence charge. On two separate occasions in 2010 (March 31 and May 5) Hughes was arrested and charged with third degree assault.
Hughes had 31 tackles in 2012 as a backup linebacker for a Bulldogs team that went to its second New Year's Day bowl game in three years. Friday's announcement is the second time Hughes has missed playing time via a team suspension and third time overall as he was suspended by the Southeastern Conference for an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on a player in his freshman season.
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